Fr. Robert Miskell
Phone: 413-549-0300, Ext. 103
Fr. Robert (or Fr. Rob) was born in Virginia and grew up in eastern Massachusetts. He attended public schools and is an alumnus of two campuses of the University of Massachusetts. Originally planning to teach and research in medieval and monarchial history - until God opened another door - Fr. Robert earned his Bachelor of Arts with honors in history at UMass Boston ('02), and his Master of Arts in history at UMass Amherst ('10). He is, himself, a Newman alumnus, and converted to the Catholic Church through his participation in our own RCIA program, which he now helps to lead, together with Dcn. Thomas Lynch. Fr. Robert did his priestly studies at St. John's Seminary, in Boston from '07 to '13. He entered the Seminary together with three other Newman alumni, including the now Frs. David Aufiero and Thomas Macdonald. At the Seminary, he earned additional degrees as a Bachelor of Philosophy and a Master of Divinity. Fr. Robert has a special care for the intellectual and formative aspects of our ministry, summer up in his personal motto: "Veritas et Caritas" ("Truth & Love").
Deacon Tom Lynch
DEACON ON STAFF
Deacon Tom was ordained in June of 2015. Growing up in eastern Massachusetts he graduated from Boston College with degrees in Classics and Philosophy. He received a Masters of Public Administration from Baruch College in New York and a Masters of Applied Theology from Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee. He served in the US army Military Police Corps for ten years with the rank of major before spending 35 years in healthcare security and emergency management. He retired after 21 years as the Director of Security at Baystate Health in Springfield.
Linda and Tom has 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Linda is a registered nurse who spent 30 years in the substance abuse field.
Deacon Tom and Linda have been members of the Newman Community for over 20 years.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Phone: 413-549-0300, ext. 105
Virginia has had 25+ years of experience in the development arena with a focus in higher education, animal welfare and faith based fundraising. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Our Lady of Good Counsel College in NY; and, a Master’s in Applied Theology from Our Lady of the Elms College in MA. Virginia was an Adjunct Professor in the Non Profit Management and Philanthropy Department of Bay Path University teaching graduate students the art of annual giving and donor relations. Former president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Chair of Newman’s Development Board. Virginia was closely affiliated with the Diocese of Springfield. She was involved with Pathways Committee studying the Catholic Schools of the Diocese and with the not for profit organization She is currently a board member for Dress for Success and Women in Philanthropy. She has recently been appointed to the newly formed Bishop's Commission for Catholic Education. Her husband, Ralph is a retired Executive Chef and a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. They have a daughter Adair who is a teacher & with her husband, Matt have 2 sons, William & Henry.
ADMIN ASSISTANT, MENTOR & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Phone: 413-549-0300, ext. 104
Hailing from the great state of Illinois Maureen assumes several positions at Newman & is happy to meet & greet our community members & our visitors & work with our students.
Emily is a music teacher at Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School. A UMass Alum, she finished her teacher certification at UMass in 2018 and graduated from UMass in 2016 with a BA in Music and a BS in Communication Disorders. After being a Peer Minister at Newman for two and a half years and then taking a year off to focus on school, Emily began singing in the choirs at Newman in 2016 and developed her love of church hymns and worship music. She is passionate about the power of music in worship and encourages anybody who enjoys music to join in, whether it be singing in the choir, playing an instrument, or praising the Lord with song from the pews!
Phone: 413-549-0300 ext. 106
John handles a variety of tasks at the Newman Center. He ensures that the building is clean, safe, and functional! John is a retired fire fighter of 38 years with the Springfield Fire Department.
E. Lary Grossman
Phone: 413-549-0300 ext. 106
Lary takes care of Newman's financial affairs and ensures that we are being good stewards of all our gifts.